A hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins
David Paterson, University of St Andrews
• University of St Andrews: Timothy Hill, Yit Arn Teh, Timothy Stojanovic and Claire Gollety
• University of Southampton: Martin Solan, Steve Hawkins, Jasmin Godbold
• Bangor University: Martin Skov and Neal Hockley
• University of Cambridge (CCRU): Tom Spencer and Iris Moller
• The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS): Mike Burrows and Tavis Potts
• Queens University Belfast: John Bothwell, Riccardo Scarpa, Mark Emmerson, Nessa O'Conner
• University of Essex: Graham Underwood, Terry McGenity, Alex Dumbrell.
• The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH): Angus Garbutt
• The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB): Richard Bradbury
• The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Niall Burton
Mudflats and salt marshes are common features of coastal systems which comprise over half of the UK's total estuarine area. These landscapes support a wide range of economically valuable animal and plant species and also act as sites of carbon storage, nutrient recycling, and pollutant capture and destruction. Their preservation, especially in the face of a changing climate, requires active and informed management. The need to understand the landscape-scale links between the functions that these systems provide (ecosystem service flows) and the organisms that help provide these services (biodiversity stocks) offers an important opportunity to move beyond most previous work in the field which has been conducted at the small or laboratory scales.
This project will provide such needed large-scale understanding by conducting a hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins. This study will be conducted at both the regional and UK-wide scale.
Area of Study:
The project will combine the detailed study of two regional landscapes (Morecambe Bay and Essex coastline) with a broad UK-wide study.
Ecosystem services to be tackled:
Supporting services: nutrient cycling, healthy habitat
Provisioning services: goods obtained from the landscape
Regulating services: coastal protection and climate regulation (green house gas exchange, carbon sequestration)
Cultural services: Recreation (walking, canoeing, angling, birding, hunting and beauty)
Stakeholder community for this project:
Beneficiaries of research findings will include central government departments, agencies and advisory bodies, regional and local government and planning organisations and non-government organisations associated with coastal land management.
Prof David Paterson from the St Andrews gives an overview of CBESS - A hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins